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Lyndale Blog - March 2018

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I missed out going to Essen in 2017, however there were too many reasons not to go this year.

Leaving what was shaping up to be a cracking summer (this was January 14), and flying into the gloom of the European winter is tough.

I spent the week before the German Essen show, based in the Netherlands visiting Kiwiflora clients and agents.

This coincided with a major storm, which saw three people die in different incidents of trees falling on them or their cars.

I experienced an exciting event myself when the large glass house structure I was visiting was hit at one end by a falling tree!

This shook the structure such that it started a domino effect of panes of glass falling and crashing into the plants and paths alike.

Fortunately my host had chosen a good place to be at that time and no glass came crashing down on us.


Fallen trees in Germany


Yes, Russia and its nursery industry is not a place we know too much about down under, nor too many other places I suspect.

My exposure to it was via a large grower in the Netherlands who had found there was a massive demand for an advanced liner grade of a wide range of woody plants.

Fortunately for us this included Magnolia 'Genie' bred by Vance Hooper and represented by Kiwiflora.

The exporting company had created a special freighting system which was a purpose built cube crate based on a standard pallet size.

Into this metric cube they could pack 2000 9cm liners in their pots.
55 of these fitted into a truck. Three to five trucks were filled and travelled in convoy to the wholesale customers in Russia.

I learnt that there are some massive nurseries in Russia and they have a voracious appetite for quality young plants.

Does that sound like a good reason for a field trip?


Vance Hooper's Magnolia 'Genie'
Very popular in Russia!


I foolishly wrote last month that despite perfect Myrtle Rust weather there had not been much activity.

Clearly that was just the wrong thing to say, as there has now been an explosion of finds in gardens and unfortunately in one very large nursery just down the road from the cut foliage grower who had 2500 Lophomyrtus trees taken out and destroyed.

We have now also had another cyclonic event which may have been carrying spores it picked up in the likes of New Caledonia, which is infested.

MPI seem to be moving towards a model of containment rather than eradication, however there has been no official announcement to say that this is in fact the case. I am guessing that there is a lot of political discussion going on behind the doors of government.

This is no reason for the nursery industry to relax, in fact quite the contrary.

If MPI do not have faith that the plant producers who grow myrtaceae crops are following the NZPPI protocols they endorsed, then they WILL as part of their containment strategy consider putting movement controls in place.

There will be considerable pressure from other groups on MPI to do exactly this.

Many growers have dropped or heavily reduced myrtaceae crops, as have the Big Box stores, so that really leaves the re-veg growers or people who propagate for such growers as the only large holding of myrtaceae left.

Following conversations with the Auckland Council this week, I am aware how very concerned they are to ensure they do not become part of the distribution of Myrtle Rust.


Myrtle Rust


Councils are approaching another round of producing a new Regional Pest Management Strategy (RPMS), where potential pest plants and creatures are identified and restricted.

This process involves public consultation which can always result in some surprises, however one item we need to be well aware of is Agapanthus. Agapanthus almost certainly will not survive this round of total bans on the sale and distribution of Agapanthus (except those proven to be of low fertility).

Undoubtedly the rest of the country will follow either via their RPMS or the NPPA (National Plant Pest Accord).

The Plant Production Industry is complex and faced with all the above is an increasingly difficult space to operate in.

Solidarity is an important start.

Kind regards
Malcolm and the Lyndale Team


Agapanthus 'Baby Pete'

Agapanthus 'Sarah'

Two low-fertility varieties
available this month

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